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HOA Management Blog

At The Hignell Companies we have been providing professional management services for California Homeowner Association Boards for nearly 30 years. We love sharing our knowledge and perspective. Give us a call at 530-419-6032 if you have any questions.

Why Your Homeowners Association Needs Election Rules

May 18, 2018 at 8:57 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations, Elections

You’ve sent out the candidate solicitations, you’ve gone through finding members who are willing to serve on your board, printed the ballots, and mailed out a professionally prepared cover letter with two envelopes (postage paid!) – just like your CC&Rs or Bylaws outline. Now you have a new HOA board, right?

Then, someone you’d least expect notifies you, as the Director, that they are disputing the election because your HOA does not have election rules!

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Has Your Vehicle Been Towed Out of Your HOA Community?

April 3, 2018 at 10:09 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations

Unclear or unenforced parking rules can wreak complete havoc in your HOA community. Many reasons contribute to this: Communities built with poor planning for parking, poor signage or lack of clarity on parking rules, owners NOT using their garage as their primary parking spot as stated in the Governing Documents, owner having more vehicles than allowed, owners storing vehicles in the community and in doing so losing a valuable parking spot.

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How Does Your HOA Board Navigate Owner Requests for Service Animals?

January 8, 2018 at 1:23 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations

service dogYour homeowners association may have a strict pet policy. Maybe it’s “no pets under any circumstance” or “no dogs over 50 pounds” or bans certain breeds of dogs or limits the total number of pets allowed in each unit. How does your HOA board navigate the situation when an owner requests to have a dog or some other type of animal?

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What Do Your HOA Rules Say About Legalized Marijuana?

December 29, 2017 at 10:51 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

Do you have to put up with the smoke and smell from marijuana? The simple answer is NO. 

Possession and use of marijuana is now legal in California stemming from the passage of Proposition 64. That brings the total number of states where recreational use is legal to seven. That does NOT mean that your HOA property owner can smoke it and blow the noxious smoke into another unit’s area.

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How to Handle Neighbor Disputes in Your Homeowners Association

September 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations, Neighbor Disputes

You have two residents in your community who for whatever reason do not get along. Unfortunately they live right across the street from one another!

Your homeowners association manager receives phone calls and emails from these two weekly. Bill calls to complain about the lights on in Dan’s home. Dan calls to complain about cars parked on the street when Bill’s wife threw him a birthday party (and didn’t invite Dan). 

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Why Enforcing the Rules Must Be a Priority of the HOA Board

August 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

One of the most important jobs a homeowners association Board has to do is to enforce the rules of the Association. As a Board member it is part of your duty to make sure all the regulations are followed by homeowners and the Board itself. Failure to do so can lead to chaos and confusion in your community.

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What Can an HOA Board Do About Barking Dog Complaints?

July 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations

dog barking in a backyardSo you moved into a beautiful new luxury homeowners association. Your home is on a quiet street in an established neighborhood. Every evening you sit on your newly purchased adirondack chairs in your shady backyard, sipping on a bottle of wine -- while your roommate is lapping his water from an old beat up water bowl -- your "roommate" in this case happens to be a 120 pound fur baby named Rex and he is not on good terms with your neighbors.

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Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association

June 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Safety in an HOA

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? If you’re traveling to visit friends and family or taking a vacation, bon voyage! If you’re sticking close to home and celebrating with barbecues, bathing suits, and bright fireworks in your homeowners association, there are some important things to consider. If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of the following information.

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What to Do When an HOA Board Member is Breaking the Rules

June 21, 2017 at 1:30 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

The ultimate goal in a homeowners association is for everyone to be respectful and live together peacefully. However, it’s hard to accomplish both of these goals when you have members breaking the rules – especially if it’s a board member. It’s the responsibility of an HOA board to protect, maintain, and enhance the Association through its leadership, so what happens when one of its own is breaking the rules?

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Guidelines for HOA Rules in Your Community

April 26, 2017 at 9:35 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations

Homeowners associations have a number of rules and regulations that members are asked to observe so that everyone in the association can maintain their property values and quality of life. The association should always try to be reasonable with its rules by following the guidelines below.

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